MRC PONTIAC & PONTIAC – One hundred and ninety-seven small businesses, non-profit organizations, and municipalities in the Pontiac federal riding have received funding through the 2018 Canada Summer Jobs Program to hire 281 local students this summer. This represents a total investment of $738,881 in the Pontiac in 2018, compared to $655,481 in 2017 when 222 students were hired.
While the Pontiac federal riding also includes part of La-Vallee-de-la-Gatineau and Les Collines-de-L’Outaouais, this summer, there will be 97 job opportunities available in the MRC Pontiac alone and 8 in the Municipality of Pontiac compared to 89 and 5 respectively in 2017.
Will Amos, Pontiac MP, participated in the official launch of the Canada Summer Jobs 2018 hiring season with Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, April 24. Employers across the federal riding of Pontiac are now accepting applications.
“The experiences and skills our young people will gain from these summer jobs will be valuable for their future careers. Providing support for local businesses, municipalities and non-profits to hire summer students allows our youth to find meaningful employment without having to leave their communities,” said Amos in a press release.
The Government of Canada has doubled the number of jobs created through the Canada Summer Jobs program since 2015, creating work opportunities for almost 70,000 students per year. Non-profit employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 100% of the minimum hourly wage; small businesses and public-sector employers could receive up to 50%.
Youth can visit Canada.ca/Canada-Summer-Jobs to connect with employers hiring in their communities. This year for the first time, students can search for employers by province/territory, municipality and/or postal code.